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The Deserters

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The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125488
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

More than 150,000 British and American soldiers deserted during WWII but the subject gets little attention from most historians. This smoothly written work raises sobering and disturbing questions about the stress of continual combat and the limits of individual endurance. Who's a coward? Who's a casualty? ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Pen and Ink Witchcraft

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Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199917303
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 17th, 2013

A tragic and sordid story brilliantly explained in just 250 pages by a careful scholar. The kind of book that should be required reading for a wide audience seeking real understanding of the brutal racism and unstoppable avarice that emerged in colonial America and held center stage throughout the 19th century. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465026296
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Published: Basic Books - May 7th, 2013

An expert scholar and excellent writer takes the reader to Congress from 1774 to 1776. The journey from protest to independence was gradual, surprising, and difficult. The excellence of this book is in making the story completely understandable-and just plain fascinating. A work that will stand the test of time. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Boys in the Boat

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670025817
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2013

A tale so unlikely and so moving that it seems like fiction. The fact that it's true makes it even more amazing. The following overworked superlatives are appropriate: fascinating, informative, stirring, inspiring, and impossible to put down. A singular reading experience that you'll remember and recommend. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Sleepwalkers

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061146664
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 18th, 2014

Rejecting the theory that the Great War was somehow inevitable, Clark dramatically and meticulously recreates a time when human decisions in response to a volatile and fast-moving chain of events could have produced any number of different outcomes...not necessarily including the first great catastrophe of the 20th century. A brilliant, compelling, and extremely important book. Highest Recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Those Angry Days

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Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982145
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 14th, 2014

In page-turning style (reminiscent of her Citizens of London) Lynne Olson captures the ferocity, the passion, and the no-holds-barred nature of the white hot debate between American isolationists vs. interventionists in the "war before the war". Unputdownable. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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